From Seed to Salad: A Step-By-Step Manual for Backyard Gardening

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iUniverse, May 18, 2006 - Gardening - 72 pages
How to turn your backyard garden into a Green Machine.

There is something supremely satisfying about pulling out of the backyard garden a big head of crisp lettuce, a half-dozen ripe, red tomatoes, a basketful of Sugar Snap peas, or any one of the dozen or more fresh vegetables growing there. Well, you too can turn your backyard into a cornucopia of plenty from spring through summer and fall, and you don't need a green thumb. All you need is a little know-how.

This book can bring you there. In exacting detail, it will take you step-by-step into the world of gardening, teaching you how to:

Build your own plant incubator and cold frame. Start your own seedlings in the middle of winter. Harness the sun. Turn poor soil into gardener's gold. Collect and use rainwater. Stretch out your garden space. Grow super sized vegetables. And utilize dozens of tricks to turn your little plot of land into a Green Machine.

With this book, new gardeners can learn how to do it, and experienced gardeners can learn how to do it better.

If you like fresh veggies, you'll love this book.

 

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Contents

1 From The Beginning
1
2 Sun And Soil
2
3 Building Up The Soil
4
4 Container Gardening
7
5 Composting
8
6 Raised Beds
9
7 Constructing An Incubator And Cold Frame
10
8 To Grow Or Not To Grow
12
16 Staking And Tying
30
17 Watering Your Plants
31
18 Fertilizing
33
19 Weeding And Mulching
34
20 Pruning
35
21 Looking For Trouble
36
22 Animal Control
40
23 Planting A Second Crop
42

9 InterPlanting And SuccessionPlanting
15
10 Rotating Your Crops
16
11 Starting Your Seedlings
17
12 Planting Schedule
22
13 Into The Cold Frame
24
14 Into The Ground
26
15 Picking And Planting
29
24 Keeping A Diary
43
25 Summation
44
26 Wrapping It Up
47
27 BUILDING THE INCUBATOR
49
BUILDING THE COLD FRAME
53
BOOK INDEX
57
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About the author (2006)

Frank Salerno was an electronics technician and writer by trade. He puts into his gardening the same discipline required in his profession; knowing how things work, and fixing them. Through curiosity, experimentation, trial, and error, he came up with the many original gardening techniques he describes in this book.

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